Analysis Of The Book ' Harrison Bergeron ' By Kurt Vonnegut Essay

1361 Words Dec 8th, 2015 6 Pages
In today’s society, equality has always been a massive topic of difference in opinion. People have been, and still are, questioning its morals and ethics, as well as the ways through which equality can be achieved. Extreme equality can be overwhelming as well as restrict the individuality of one. In the story, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, a scientific fiction, the idea of true and complete equality is exaggerated to its extent and thrust into a realistic background to reveal the actual truth behind this great idea and what will happen if everyone stays hooked to this far-fetched dream of true equality. The author uses elements such as setting and mood, character and symbols to develop one of the major themes in this story, which is that “true”equality is unachievable, as well as mistaken for something else at times, and the consequences of complete equality.
Setting plays a big role in bringing out the theme of the story. Vonnegut sets the story in 2081, a society where people are literally choked down by rules and boundaries. The government has gained so much power over the years that the majority of the people don 't even seem to have enough brain capacity to have a mind of their own and go against the higher power. There are rules and laws against everything now: an individual 's intelligence, strength and even appearance. Vonnegut portrays the government in this way to show that the concept of equality is almost an object of ridicule now because it would come…

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